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April 8, 2004
Man, the beggar

by Nadia Khan

Everyday You bring me a gift,
Sometimes flowers and sometimes rain,
Rain from the skies and rain from my eyes…
But I do not give You anything in return,
In the happiness of receiving these gifts, I forget all about You,
The only thing I do not forget …
Is to ask for more and more from You
How big is Thy heart; how generous is Thy hand!
And how ignoble is this thirst of mine…
There resides a limitless sea of unconditional love within You
Within the core, crux and root of You…
And there exists a limitless sea of demands within me
Within the core, crux and root of me…
I never get tired of asking from You
And You never get tired of giving it to me
Yet how different are our countenances...
I am the begger, You the Lender
I am the impatient and You the Most Patient
I am the petulant and You the Most Gracious...

Today, Yet again, I will ask from You
For a shadow of Your unconditional Love
For a color of Your boundless Mercy
For a streak of Your patience
And for a reflection of Your Grace...
O Allah! Do not withhold from me these rainbows of Your attributes
So that I can also give more than I can take
Just as You do...

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Ibn Muzaffar Syed Hussain said

Ameen Ya Rabbal 'Alameen

Man gets and forgets, Allah gives and forgives

'work in this life as if you'll live forever, prepare for the Hereafter as if you'll die tomorrow'

on April 8, 2004 9:00 PM
Saima said


on April 9, 2004 12:18 AM
Justoju said

"Whoever is not thankful for graces
runs the risk of losing them;
and whoever is thankful,
fetters them with their own cords."
(Ibn Ata'illah, Kitab al-Hikam)

on April 9, 2004 12:35 AM
Talal said

Such a wonderful thing when Muslims make use of a good vocabulary.

This line was especially nice, mashaAllah:
"I am the petulant and You the Most Gracious..."

on April 9, 2004 12:45 AM
Rami said

Asalaam Aleikum Warahmatullah Wabarakatu,

Very beautiful sister...I very much enjoy reading your poems.

Waslaam Warahmatullah Wabarakatu

on April 9, 2004 2:34 PM
Faisal Akhtar said

I suppose some more positive reinforcement can't hurt. Mashallah very nicely written sister. I am yet to see something sub par from your pen. Mashallah you are very gifted.

on April 9, 2004 4:02 PM
Nadia said

Jazakallah khair brothers and sisters for your encouragement. It really gives me an incentive to try to improve each time.

on April 12, 2004 11:59 PM
Justoju said

I am amazed by how you and sister Saima always manage to outdo your previous work, mashaAllah:)

on April 13, 2004 12:07 AM
Amatullah said

When people address God in words – in the form of intimate conversation, petition and pleading, gratitude, remorse and repentance, and so on – they are in a position of separateness from God. When they address God directly through the heart, and when they listen to him in the heart, they are in a position of union with God.

-Qushayri, “Risalah”

on April 13, 2004 12:31 AM
Amatullah said

"Allah accepts repentance, as long as it is not at the time of death."

-The Prophet Muhammad, as reported by Ibn Umar

So beg from your heart now, as you might die tomorrow.

May Allah (swt) help us in begging also!

on April 13, 2004 1:14 AM
Saleem said

Assalam Alaikum
Nadia its really an impressive poem by u .:)

on October 31, 2005 4:16 AM
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